In our previous article we talked about the French Bulldog, a small dog that does not need more exercise than normal for a dog (1 hour). Now, it’s time to talk about its opposite in terms of these characteristics, but that is just as friendly and ideal for families, the Boxer.
The history of the Boxer goes back to Germany and is the result of crossing a type of Molossian, already extinct due to miscegenation, the Bullenbeisser (biter of bulls) and a type of English Bulldog. The Bullendbeisser was a dog with strong muscles and jaw, and a good hunter.
The Boxer began to be known during World War I, where it was used as a guardian and messenger. But, it was during World War II that its popularity rose like foam. Many soldiers at the end of the war took them home with them. Today, it is one of the 10 most popular breeds in the United States.
It stands out its flat and black snout that give it that so unique aspect. With short hair and athletic muscles, it is a brave dog with a great sense of smell. It has an affectionate and protective character. Thanks to its predisposition to obedience, it is easy to educate. It is necessary to socialise it from an early age, because sometimes it can be dominant and territorial.
It is very loyal to its family and is a perfect dog to live with children. The Boxer is very active and needs to do a lot of exercise in order to have a healthy musculature and control its energy. Running is as necessary for them as playing. Therefore, if you are not able to offer this, it is not the best dog for you.
The average life of the Boxer is 10 years, being more prone to diseases related to cancer or heart. Therefore, it is important to take it to the vet as often as the veterinarian suggests. Each dog is unique and has different needs.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.